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posted: 7/21/2012 6:44 PM

New lab working on security shoe sole to ID people

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PITTSBURGH -- High-tech security? Forget those irksome eye scans. Meet the biometric shoe.

A new lab at Carnegie Mellon University is working on shoe insoles that monitor access to high-security areas, like nuclear power plants.

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The idea is based on research showing that people have unique feet and ways of walking. Sensors in the footpad collect data and check the patterns.

The lab is a partnership with Autonomous ID, a Canadian company that is relocating to the U.S. President Todd Gray says he saw the potential in a maternity ward decorated with representations of baby feet along a wall.

One expert says the technology sounds impressive, but it could raise privacy questions.

Attorney Lee Tien with the Electronic Frontier Foundation says any biometric device is a potential tracking device.

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